Child & Adolescent Health

We conduct research across a broad array of health issues in children and adolescents, including obesity, high blood pressure, asthma, vaccine safety, complex medical needs, and teen risk behaviors. Some of this work is epidemiologic, designed to further our understanding of disease patterns and risk factors, while other work is focused on improving health care delivery to children and adolescents. All our research is ultimately focused on improving the quality of care and well-being for children and adolescents within Kaiser Permanente and the communities around us.

Child & Adolescent Health Researchers

Featured Projects

Investigators: Matthew F. Daley, MD and Jason Glanz, PhD
The goal of this project is to use annual National Immunization Survey-Child data to examine patterns and trends of childhood vaccination patterns across the US and determine whether trends in schedule adherence or completion of vaccine series are modified by rurality.
Funder: National Institute of Health
Study End Date: 08/31/2025
Investigator: Jennifer Boggs, PhD
This is a pragmatic cluster randomized trial of medical offices to test implementation strategies and clinical effectiveness of the Firearm Safety Check intervention in pediatric primary care. All pediatricians will receive training and an EHR "nudge" during well-visits to provide firearm safety education. Intervention clinics will receive practice facilitation and we will evaluate whether facilitation increases adoption and effectiveness of Firearm Safety Check.
Funder:  National Institute for Mental Health
Study End Date: 06/30/2024
Investigator: Matthew F. Daley, MD
The objective of this study is to determine the comparative effects of initiating and more sustained exposure to commonly-used medications on weight gain and other metabolic outcomes up to 10.5 years after initiation, among children and adults.
Funder: National Institutes of Health/NIDDK
Study End Date: 01/31/2024
Investigator: Arne L. Beck, PhD
The goal of this project is to assess the feasibility, acceptability, and health impact of delivering Guiding Good Choices, an evidence-based universal prevention program, to parents of 11 and 12-year old early adolescents within the network of primary care clinics associated with two large health care systems.
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Study End Date: 12/31/2022
Investigator: Arne L. Beck, PhD
The goal of this project is to conduct a 3 phase study in which we (1) develop a sequenced treatment algorithm and workflow to facilitate safer antipsychotic prescribing in youth aged 5-17 years with non-psychotic disorders; (2) conduct a pilot trial of the algorithm and workflow versus usual care; and (3) conduct a large scale pragmatic effectiveness trial of the algorithm and workflow versus usual care in six health systems across the US.
Funder: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Study End Date: 06/24/2021
Investigator: Matthew F. Daley, MD
The objective of the CODI project was to develop and implement a reusable system of data integration across multiple sectors focused on childhood obesity and prevention. The CODI project included health care organizations and entities providing healthy weight related interventions, with the goal of providing an integrated, de-duplicated, longitudinal record of care for individuals across organizations, to be used for research and public health surveillance purposes.
Funder: Public Health Informatics Institute
Study End Date: 09/19/2020
Investigators: Matthew F. Daley, MD and Jason Glanz, PhD
The objective of this project was to develop the infrastructure to supplement existing epidemiologic data with patient-reported information on under-vaccination and the use of alternative vaccination schedules.
Funder: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Study End Date: 09/24/2020
Investigator: Jason Glanz, PhD
The objective of this study was to develop and test a vaccine tailored messaging intervention for parents.
Funder: National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
Study End Date: 03/31/2019